by Patrick Appel

A reader writes:

Deinstitutionalization did began during the Reagan administration.  However it was during his 1966-1974 terms as Governor of California.  Liberal Californians wanted to move mentally ill people from institutions to community-based care, which conservatives went along with as a cost-cutting measure, but conservatives blocked spending on the community-based care (helped tremendously in 1978 by the passage of Prop 13, which has created fiscal chaos at all levels of government in California for 30 years). 

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